About Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is celebrated each February in the United States.  Because of the timing of the birthdays of two very important individuals in the fight to end slavery, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  Black History Week was originally slated for the second week in February in 1926.  In 1976, it was expanded to encompass the entire month of February to recognize the significant achievements made by the African-American community in all aspects of American society.

Upcoming Events

EmpowerMEnt Summit

at 9:00 AM

Phillips Hall

The EmpowerMEnt Summit 2019 The EmpowerMEnt Summit will focus on getting students re-energized and equipped to face adversities that come their way.

Black Love Series 3

at 7:00 PM

Real couples open up about the joys, challenges and realities of love, marriage and romance in the black community through Black Art and Stories

Emancipatory Hope: Reclaiming Black Social Movement Continuity or As The People Say, #WeGonBeAight

at 3:00 PM

University of Iowa Main Library

Join us in the Main Library Gallery for an exploration of hope, joy, and black liberation in online space with Graduate Assistant Kevin Winstead from the University of Maryland's Institute of...

Black in Business Series: Networking Dinner 2019

at 5:30 PM

Kinnick Stadium

The Center for Diversity and Enrichment (CDE) and the Tippie College of Business are holding this event.

Make and Take Black History Month Edition

at 12:00 PM

Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

Folks will be able to create buttons of their choosing. From logos to sayings, whatever is on your mind and heart feel free to create it.

Black History Month Movie: The Hate U Give

at 5:30 PM

College of Public Health Building

Enjoy a movie in celebration of Black History Month. Free and open to the public! 

Sponsored by the UI College of Public Health Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Cup o' Justice Series

at 11:00 AM

Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

Honoring the rich tradition of activism at the University of Iowa and in the surrounding community, the Chief Diversity Office presents Cup o’ Justice, a year-long series of discussions designed...